Technology

3 ways tablets can make you more profitable

Posted in ERP & CRM Software | Accounting & ERP Software | Technology | Mobility on January 2, 2013

Tablets are making waves for distributors because of their usability and mobility, but more importantly, there are a few ways tablets can even make distributors more profitable. Three of those ways include: Being in the know: Your sales team, project managers and anyone else with a tablet can be the most knowledgeable person on the team. Your enterprise resource management (ERP) and customer rela... [More]

Top 10 Business Blog Posts from 2012

Posted in Accounting, Audit and Tax | Advisory | Leadership | Managed Services | Technology on December 27, 2012

This year had many changes in the business world, and many are still to come in future years. From enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions, to leadership skills, to recent trends related to technology in the workplace, many of our most popular blog posts were about new products, new technologies and news that will impact the next few years. So withou... [More]

The mobile workforce: 6 ways to make BYOD work (Part 3)

Posted in Managed Security | Technology | IT Consulting | IT Infrastructure | Mobility on December 17, 2012

One of the biggest security concerns for companies is loss or theft of a mobile device containing confidential information. In fact, 56 percent of businesses surveyed in a 2011 CompTIA report said they had already experienced a lost device.While this number is certainly alarming, it does not mean that you should completely write off using mobile devices for work purposes. By implementing a formal ... [More]

1 in 2 mission-critical applications in cloud by 2015

Posted in Managed IT Services | Core Technology | Managed Security | Total Technology | Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions | Business Critical Application Hosting on December 12, 2012

According to a recent article from CIO Magazine, one in three mission-critical applications, such as enterprise resource planning solutions, scheduling tools and financial programs, is now managed in the cloud. Furthermore, it’s expected that one in two will be in the cloud by the year 2015. This statistic came from a study conducted with 400 IT and business managers from around the United S... [More]

Your 2013 CRM investment: 3 things to consider

Posted in Technology | CRM Software | Microsoft Dynamics CRM on November 15, 2012

Considering a new CRM solution for 2013? You’re not alone. According to a recent Forrester Wave research report, CRM adoption is on the rise for organizations of all sizes. The study found that 41 percent of the small and medium-sized businesses they surveyed had already implemented a CRM solution (a marketing, sales or customer service application), and an additional 25 percent have plans t... [More]

4 factors to consider when moving to the cloud

Posted in Managed Services | Managed IT Services | Core Technology | Managed Security | Total Technology | Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions | Business Critical Application Hosting | Colocation | Managed Hosting Solutions | IT Consulting on October 22, 2012

You’ve decided to go to the cloud. You read our post about the different cloud models and now it’s time to make a decision. For most businesses, it is a decision between public and private (or some kind of hybrid) clouds. What kinds of factors should you consider before making your decision? We recommend reviewing the following and discussing these concerns with your IT partner. Secur... [More]

10 steps to evaluate an ERP solution

Posted in ERP & CRM Software | Accounting & ERP Software | Epicor | Microsoft Dynamics AX | Microsoft Dynamics GP | Microsoft Dynamics NAV & NAV-X | Microsoft Dynamics SL | Sage | SAP Business ByDesign | Technology on September 27, 2012

Selecting an enterprise resource planning (ERP) or business management solution is a time-consuming task and can be an expensive decision. Choosing the wrong one for your unique business could halt your company moving forward, and since 68 percent of software implementations encounter severe issues or even fail, it’s important to prepare thoroughly before selecting a solution. The key to pre... [More]

4 clouds and 4 definitions: Choosing which is best for your business

Posted in Managed Services | Managed IT Services | Core Technology | Managed Security | Total Technology | Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions | Business Critical Application Hosting | Colocation | Managed Hosting Solutions | Communication & Collaboration | IT Consulting | IT Infrastructure | Custom Application & Database Solutions | Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity | Mobility | Network Design & Management | Virtualization | Strategic IT Planning on September 20, 2012

You want to go to the cloud. You’ve heard and read about it, and it seems to make sense. But where do you start? One of the first decisions to make is whether you will move to a public, private, community or hybrid cloud model. Yes, there really are that many different types of cloud solutions! That’s why it’s key to understand the differences, advantages and disadvantages of eac... [More]

The mobile workforce: Why you should build an IT strategy (Part 1)

Posted in Managed IT Services | Core Technology | Managed Security | Total Technology | Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions | Business Critical Application Hosting | Colocation | Managed Hosting Solutions | Communication & Collaboration | IT Consulting | IT Infrastructure | Custom Application & Database Solutions | Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity | Mobility | Network Design & Management | Virtualization | Strategic IT Planning on September 7, 2012

Not long ago, most professional workers were tied to their desks and computers—but business has changed. One day we turned around and the world was mobile, and so were your employees. Smartphones, tablets and other tools have made us a nation of employees on the move. According to a 2012 CompTIA research study, 20 percent of the workforce telecommutes at least one full day per month. In add... [More]

4 steps to a successful social marketing campaign: Part 2

Posted in Marketing | Digital | Technology | CRM Software on August 9, 2012

Last week, we gave you two essential steps to take when planning a social marketing campaign – build a clear-cut, realistic strategy, and use a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool to complement the strategy. There are two final steps to take in order to execute, track, measure, and take action.Invest in a marketing automation solutionWe all have inboxes loaded with invitations to eve... [More]

4 steps to a successful social marketing campaign: Part 1

Posted in Marketing | Digital | Technology | CRM Software on August 6, 2012

Marketing is expensive. Even the free social media channels, like Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and others come with a cost. Experienced marketing pros know that if their campaigns don’t ultimately yield quality results for new leads, new customers, or new business, their marketing efforts aren’t working.The ability to execute, track, measure, and take action for real marketing ROI is ne... [More]

Technology outages: 5 steps to a disaster recovery plan

Posted in Technology | IT Infrastructure | Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity on July 13, 2012

Imagine having all of your company’s information stored on the internal server, only to have the physical technology stolen or compromised during a natural disaster. What would you do? Every company faces the chance of a technology disruption, so it’s best to be prepared with a documented disaster recovery plan—otherwise you’ll risk losing all that information. Take these p... [More]

How to capture the advantages of cloud computing while avoiding the risks

Posted in Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions on March 29, 2012

  You’ve heard them before, the advantages of cloud computing are plentiful, but you also need to be leery of the potential risks.   One way to do this is to ask the right questions:   Should you be looking at Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS)? The hardest part is knowing what each of these terms mean, then you ju... [More]

CRM anywhere takes mobility to the next level

Posted in Technology | CRM Software | IT Infrastructure | Mobility on March 14, 2012

Many businesses provide cell phones to their employees and some even offer tablets.  Whether or not you do, it’s likely your employees have and use these devices themselves.  In this fast-paced, technology-focused world, our devices are not only providing greater conveniences, they are making us work more efficiently.  Striving to make their software more convenient for users,... [More]

Spreadsheets are helpful, but you can’t rely on them forever

Posted in ERP & CRM Software | Accounting & ERP Software | Microsoft Dynamics GP | Technology on March 12, 2012

In the early stages, many businesses look to spreadsheets to store and calculate important business data.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long before you outgrow the simplicity of spreadsheets.  Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software offers the ability to organize and report data so you have greater visibility into operations and profitability.       ... [More]



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